Melanie Speelman


Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Fellow

Get to know Melanie:

What do you actually do all day long?

I support grantmaking activities including research, engaging with grantees, and drafting and reviewing reports and other materials to aid Program staff.

What is the best part of your job
Supporting grantees in their mission to improve quality of life in Southeast Michigan.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Cold Truth's non-dairy pumpkin.

What music are you streaming?
80s everything. Madonna, Devo, Talking Heads, Whitney Houston, and the list goes on.

Why do you love where you live?
Hamtramck is a beautifully diverse community with rich arts and culture. Not to mention the City has the best food in the whole State of Michigan.

If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
Freezing time.

Favorite book from childhood?
"The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn. This book taught me that even though we face intimidating situations in life, we are not facing those challenges alone as long as we have our support network behind us.

Favorite book?
“Autobiography of Red” by Anne Carson

Dream vacation?
A tour of Japan from top to bottom, starting with the snowy peaks of Hokkaido and ending with the sandy beaches of Okinawa.

Biking, rollerblading, crafting, playing with my dog, and caring for my neighborhood's stray cats.